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The Digestive Microbiota Influences Oestrogen Associated Diseases

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 30 June 2021
The Digestive Microbiota Influences Oestrogen Associated Diseases
The role of bacteria within the human body is increasingly being shown to have a diverse range of effects on health and disease. Factors like genetics, liver metabolism efficacy, monthly fluctuation of hormones, health status, exogenous impacts such as diet, chemical exposure and pharmaceuticals can all change how oestrogen is metabolised and excreted and thus influence circulating oestrogen levels. Gastrointestinal (GI) microbes have been identified that influence both risk and protection ...
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Medicinal Cannabis and Cancer: what is new??

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 28 June 2021
Medicinal Cannabis and Cancer: what is new??
Cannabinoids are defined as chemical compounds that interact with the cannabinoid receptors, which in humans include CB1, predominantly expressed on neurons in the brain and central nervous system, and CB2 expressed in non-neuronal tissues such as immune cells. Cancer cells can express these receptors as well, and studies are mixed as to whether it can indicate a better or worse prognosis compared to cells that do not have the receptors. But the effects of cannabinoids on cancer are not limit...
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Are Soy Foods Safe for Breast Cancer Patients?

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 28 June 2021
Are Soy Foods Safe for Breast Cancer Patients?
Many women with breast cancer have been told to avoid soy foods. This warning is based on the assumption that plant estrogens (phytoestrogens) found in soybeans could be harmful. The assumption is that soy food sources of estrogens might somehow "feed" cancer cells and act in opposition to anti-estrogen medications like tamoxifen, thereby increasing breast cancer risk. But what really happens when women eat these soy products? Biologically, the isoflavones in soybeans are phytoe...
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The beneficial role of Hypnosis during Cancer Treatments

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 28 June 2021
The beneficial role of Hypnosis during Cancer Treatments
Hypnosis is an old practice and is mentioned in Hindu texts as "temple sleep" and by Avicenna (980-1037 AD) who wrote in The Book of Healing about the distinction between sleep and hypnosis. Despite its long history, hypnosis has had memorable runs of being stigmatized. One of the historical lightning-rod figures of hypnosis was Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815) who theorized that the benefits of hypnotic suggestions he saw in his practice were due to "animal magnetism". He w...
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Treatment: First-time PBS listing for mesothelioma

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 25 June 2021
Treatment: First-time PBS listing for mesothelioma
Drugs Opdivo and Yevoy, which work in tandem, have been given an expanded listing on the PBS to include treatment for inoperable or unresectable malignant mesothelioma. The listing will start on 1 July, and federal Health Minister Greg Hunt expects 700 patients per year will benefit from it. "This is the first time that immunotherapy has been reimbursed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme for mesothelioma" said Canberra Hospital's staff specialist medical oncologist Geoffrey P...
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